With stony, sun-baked vineyards rising up its banks in terraces along its Swiss shore, the Swiss side of the utterly Stunning Lake Geneva stretches 95 kilometres from Montreux in the north to Geneva in the south. The other shore belongs to France.
On the map, the lake is shaped like a croissant, wedged between the Jura and the Alps on the course of the Rhône. On the Swiss side, cities such as Montreux, Lausanne, and Nyon are famed for their mild, almost-Mediterranean climate, their culture, and their buildings, while Geneva offers all the pleasures of a cosmopolitan city in a naturally beautiful setting.
From the bustling centre of the city, the Lac de Joux is just 65 kilometres away. From Nyon, a little to the north, there is a 100-km route which takes you from Lake Geneva to the Lac de Joux and back, with two beautiful climbs. Climbing for 19 kilometres at an average grade of 5%, In this edition of Switzerland by Bike, Keir and Dave from CyclingTips tackle the Col du Marchairuz and scope out the plentiful sights along the shores of Lake Geneva.
For a more in-depth look at the region, including a stunning catalogue of images, head on over to CyclingTips for the full article.
Imagery courtesy of Tim Bardsley-Smith. Video Courtesy of My Media Sydney